With NASA's successful landing of the Curiosity rover earlier this week, our minds wander once again to the cosmos, and specifically to our red neighbor. Below are some items in our collection that may be of interest to the amateur astronomer or anyone curious about Curiosity. Most of our astronomy books are in the basement of B.E.S.T. Library in the QB section. Books specifically about Mars can be found under QB 641.
Anthony H. Young (2007). Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for MarsOhioLINK eBookA complete history of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, drawing on many photographs never before published. It also tells the story of the robotic rovers used on Mars, and concludes with a description of the new designs of rovers planned for The New Vision for Exploration now underway at NASA.Jim Bell (2008). Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .B445 2008A collection of 120 color and 3-D images captured by the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. The book includes a built-in 3-D viewer, so no need for your own pair of red-and-blue glasses!Jeffrey S. Kargel (2004). Mars: A Warmer, Wetter PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .K23 2004This book discusses NASA's discovery of water beneath Mars's surface, something that Curiosity is setting out to explore. Anyone interested in geology should find this book fascinating.William Sheehan & Stephen James O'Meara (2001). Mars: The Lure of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .S4838 2001A nice history of Mars, from humans' early perceptions and mythology to modern explorations and the discovery of liquid water beneath Mars's surface.David J. Shayler, Andrew Salmon, and Michael D. Shayler (2005). Marswalk One: First Steps on a New PlanetOhioLINK eBookExplores questions of why humans should travel to Mars, and progress made in human space exploration. The book also discusses what types of experiments humans would do if they reach Mars.Carl Sagan (1980). CosmosBEST Library, Basement | QB44.2 .S235If you're looking for a broader view of the skies, I can't recommend a better place to start than Carl Sagan's Cosmos, which gives us such famous quotes as "We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars."